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ED files charges against ex-forest officer, son in PMLA case | India News

A charge sheet has been filed under the anti-money laundering law against a former Odisha-based Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer, being probed for alleged possession of disproportionate assets, and his son, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) stated on Monday.

“A special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court in Bhubaneswar has taken cognisance of the prosecution complaint, filed against Abhay Kant Pathak and his son Akash Kumar Pathak on August 18. The charge sheet has been filed with a prayer for conviction of the accused persons and confiscation of the proceeds of crime,” ED said in a statement.

Pathak, a 1987-batch IFoS officer, was compulsorily retired by the Centre on Odisha government’s recommendation after the Vigilance department registered a case against him in November 2020 for alleged possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

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Pathak was last posted as Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (plan, programme and afforestation) in the Odisha government.

The ED case stems from the Odisha Vigilance’s FIR that accuses Pathak of misusing his official position and amassing ill-gotten wealth amounting to Rs 9.35 crore. The agency said Akash Pathak was booked for allegedly duping people in lieu of providing jobs.

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Besides attaching assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, a BMW car owned by Pathak was also seized, the ED stated.

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